The best time to visit Nepal
Nepal’s peaks and treks can be experienced all year round, with each season delivering a different landscape, environment, and experience. There are two main seasons for trekking and climbing, the Spring and the Autumn, and our fixed departure trips are concentrated around those optimal periods. However, it is also possible to trek, and often climb, in the months outside of these main seasons and indeed some of our special trips such as Upper Mustang are best experienced in the early summer. Please contact us if you have any special requests for trips outside of the fixed departure dates.
SPRING (March – May)
Spring is a great time to trek in Nepal, and is one of the two main seasons. As the winter season fades away, the temperatures start to get warmer and you witness the blossoming flora, verdant forest, and different varieties of wildflower, especially the rhododendron which make the hillside an eye warming paradise during the spring season. It is warm at lower elevations and even at a higher elevation, it is pleasant to trek and often sunny.
SUMMER (June – August)
Nepal’s monsoon rains start generally from late May to mid-September, so trekking during this time of the year is generally not recommended. The lower routes are generally muddy with a large number of leeches and the mountains are often enveloped in clouds.
On a good note, places like Upper Mustang, are rain deprived regions, which makes it a favourable place to visit at this time of year.
AUTUMN (September – November)
With crystal clear stunning panoramic views of the mountains, the Autumn season is a fantastic time to visit Nepal. After the monsoon, you can normally expect clear weather and bright sun throughout the day and witness mesmerising mountains and green hills. The weather is usually stable but towards December the evenings begin to cool off. At this time of year the Nepalese celebrate many of their major festivals, and visitors can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of festivals such as Mani Rimdu at the Tengpoche monastery.
WINTER (December – February)
At this time of year, days are usually clear and offer a clear blue sky, with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. Trekking can be challenging with snow on some trails, and resulting in the closure of high passes such as Thorong la (5416m) in Annapurna region; Kongma La (5545m), Cho La (5335m) and Renjo La(5420m). However, it is a good option to go on lower to mid-altitude region trails as you will encounter few trekkers during this time of year. Our fixed departure dates do not cover this season but we can arrange bespoke itineraries upon request.